Citizens United ruling hurts small business

The Hill

In a ruling with controversial repercussions on the way we fund elections, and what constitutes as free speech, heated debated still rages over the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC on the cusp of its five-year anniversary.

The Court held in Citizens United that political spending is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, and that the government cannot restrict corporations, non-profits or labor unions from spending money or formally endorsing or denouncing a political campaign or candidate. Consequentially, the decision increased the ability of corporations to translate their economic might into political power with million dollar ad buys to influence elections. Continue reading